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David Chinn
Birth: Mar. 9, 1828
Lexington
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Oct. 15, 1903
Lowry City
St. Clair County
Missouri, USA

David Chinn is my second great grandfather. He was born March 9, 1828 to Joseph Graves Chinn and Barbara Garland Graves. He was the husband of Martha "Mattie" Short Chinn and the father of John B., Coleman, Robert, Jane, Ellie and my g-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Chinn Van Allen.

He was a Civil War Soldier, enlisting as a Private, Company A, 5th Calvary Regiment, Missouri.

I have found the following obituaries on him:
Another pioneer of St. Clair County has gone, in which David Chinn, after a lingering illness of several months, died at his home in Lowry City, October 15, 1903. He was born in Kentucky, March 9, 1828, hence he was 75 years of age. He emigrated from his native state while quite a young man, with his father, Dr. Chinn locating at Lexington, MO, and in 1849, while in the vigor of his young manhood, went to California, en route to the primitive gold fields.

After remaining in California several years, he returned to his home and in 1855 married Martha Short, who with three sons (John B., Coleman, & Robert) and three daughters (Jane, Mary Elizabeth & Ellie), survive him.

At the beginning of the Civil War, he enlisted in the Confederate Army under Gen. Joe Shelby and participated in a number of the hardest fought battles of the war.
Prior to the Civil War, together with Langhorn Dade and Richard Devin, he was engaged in the publication of the Osceola Independent, a newspaper that flourished, until Jim Lane laid waste the town and scattered its inhabitants to the four winds of the earth.

Since the war, he has been engaged in many occupations - miner, merchant, farmer and hotel keeper, but it is in the latter that he will be best remembered - friend in good report and evil report. Not having been impregnated with the commercial spirit that teaches that the chief end of man is to accumulate the things of this world, he belonged in that class of old school gentlemen that are well high extinct. Quiet and unassuming in his demeanor, he was a deep thinker, and having once settled upon an opinion, he was firm and unshakable in his conviction of right. Like all the old time printers, he was careless of the morrow, but he was ever ready to render a favor without hope of remembrance or reward.

Uncle Dave, as he was familiarly known, will be greatly missed and his aged and tottering form will now be seen in memory by his many friends, who can correctly say that to know him was to appreciate his many noble traits of character. The funeral services were held at the family residence, conducted by Rev. VanderLippi, followed by interment of the remains in the Short Cemetery, attended by a vast number of old friends.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Graves Chinn (1797 - 1891)
  Barbara G Graves Chinn (1802 - 1849)
 
 Spouse:
  Martha Short Chinn (1836 - 1911)
 
 Children:
  Mary Elizabeth Chinn Van Allen (1861 - 1954)*
  Robert Chinn (1868 - 1920)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Elizabeth Chinn Bowman (1821 - 1904)*
  William F. Chinn (1825 - 1855)*
  David Chinn (1828 - 1903)
  Penelope Ellen Chinn Cooley (1831 - 1863)*
  Susan Anna Chinn Kirtley (1838 - 1872)*
  Hester Chinn Trapp (1840 - 1901)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Short Cemetery
St. Clair County
Missouri, USA
 
Created by: Pam
Record added: Apr 17, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26101279
 


- Douglas Pyeatt
 Added: Aug. 25, 2013
It's been too long since someone left you a message. This is your 2x Great-granddaughter. Your direct paternal line is still intact and growing. Your great-grandson had a son who has had 2 sons who have now had 2 sons and counting. Rest in peace my man.
- Bonnie June Chinn Redmond
 Added: Jan. 28, 2013

- grave hunter
 Added: Dec. 18, 2010
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